Arabesk: #3 Inspector Ikmen

Arabesk: #3 Inspector Ikmen

by Barbara Nadel
     
 

Confined to his home on sick-leave (and prevented from sneaking his beloved brandy and cigars), Inspector Ikmen of the Istanbul police is forced to hand his latest case over to his protege, the newly promoted Suleyman. That's too bad, because the aristocratic Suleyman knows nothing about Arabesk, the throbbing, deeply sentimental music that is adored by Turkey's

Overview

Confined to his home on sick-leave (and prevented from sneaking his beloved brandy and cigars), Inspector Ikmen of the Istanbul police is forced to hand his latest case over to his protege, the newly promoted Suleyman. That's too bad, because the aristocratic Suleyman knows nothing about Arabesk, the throbbing, deeply sentimental music that is adored by Turkey's working classes, and the case is drenched in those mournful melodies. A secret marriage, a murdered bride, an aging beauty, a father driven mad with grief and guilt: it's all so melodramatic that Suleyman can barely keep his lip from curling. Ikmen, unashamed of his own plebeian tastes, is happy to weigh in from the sidelines, but both cops eventually come to one conclusion: At the real heart of this operatic catastrophe is the city itself.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Nadel's intriguing third procedural to feature Insp. Çetin Ikmen (after 2005's The Ottoman Cage) finds Ikmen suffering from ulcers and on a restricted diet. While he is sidelined, his newly promoted subordinate, Mehmet Suleyman, takes charge of a hot-button murder inquiry. Someone has used cyanide to poison Ruya Urfa, the previously secret wife of the country's Arabesk music star, Erol Urfa. Suspicion centers on the mentally impaired son of the dead woman's neighbors, whose prints are found throughout the crime scene. News that Erol was married comes as a surprise to the public and has a curious effect on his lover, an aging movie star who's resorted to cosmetic surgery to preserve her looks. While some readers will anticipate whodunit, all will appreciate the skill with which Nadel depicts the tensions underlying contemporary Turkish society as well as her ability to make each of her characters fully human. (July)

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Library Journal
The wife of a star of Arabesk (Arabic-style music popular with working-class Turks) is found dead and her baby missing. Inspector Suleyman finds himself entangled in a complex web of domestic crimes, personal problems, and trouble with his team. Then Inspector Ikmen, on medical leave, shows up and things really begin to happen. VERDICT Often called the Donna Leon of Istanbul, Nadel (Belshazzar's Daughter, The Ottoman Cage) offers us a look inside modern Turkey, often overshadowed by the mystique of the Ottoman Empire and overrun with poverty and stifled by political and religious conflicts. A winning series that will attract Leon fans and other readers who like their crime fiction in exotic locales.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934609354
Publisher:
Felony & Mayhem, LLC
Publication date:
07/15/2009
Series:
Inspectr Ikmen Series , #3
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
423,776
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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